If you work in an industry where corporate dinners are commonplace, you're probably familiar with the phrase, "rubber chicken circuit" – a disparaging descriptor of a parade of similar corporate events with boring menus. When it's your turn to plan an event, you want to avoid your dinner becoming just another rubber chicken dinner. Take a look at some tips that will help you plan a memorable and enjoyable catered event that sure to impress your clients and superiors:
Don't Play it Safe
There's a reason that so many corporate dinners and buffets seem so similar – it's because they are. And that happens for a reason. A chicken dinner may not be very exciting, but most people will eat it anyway, without too much complaint, and no one will need to wonder what it is. It's a safe choice.
The key to serving a corporate dinner that stands out is to stop playing it safe and serve some things that your guests won't expect. This may seem risky – what if your guests don't like it? But with a good caterer and a variety of choices, you can come up with a menu that appeals to everyone and isn't the same thing that everyone else serves.
Choose a Theme
One simple way to offer a different dining experience is to plan your menu choices around a specific theme. For example, you might decide to base your menu on an ethnic cuisine, like German, Greek, or Asian food.
This way, you can offer food that appeals to a wide variety of palates – any cuisine you choose will have some dishes that are spicy and some that are milder, some that are indulgent and some that are healthier, and some that are meat-heavy and others that fit with a vegetarian or vegan diet. But you won't be stuck with the same old standards that everyone else serves.
Buy Local and Seasonal
Another good way to make sure that your catered event stands out is to make sure that you use the freshest ingredients. Work with caterers who will incorporate fresh, seasonal food that's produced locally.
If you're serving a meal that's made with seasonal spring produce, you won't have to worry that you're serving the same things that everyone was eating last fall. And if your caterers can add local delicacies to the menu, you won't have to worry that your out-of-town clients are being served the same things they can get at home.
Planning a great corporate event starts with hiring great caterers. Look for a catering company that's not afraid to try new things and is as eager to impress your guests as you are. Contact a company like Uncle Bub's BBQ, Catering & More for more information and assistance.